Sunday, April 13, 2008

Letter to the Boston Herald Shows Open Borders Fallacies

A woman (I presume) named Mary Hopkins recently wrote a letter that appeared in the Boston Herald:

The “long-established” process for welcoming people to this country has changed drastically in the last 20 years. We are no longer the most welcoming country.

Note that she provides no references here. I was under the impression that U.S. immigration laws were pretty welcoming compared to those of most, perhaps all, other countries. (I will try to get some statistics to publish if I can find any comparative statistics to refer to).

If you don’t have an advanced degree, capital or a relative who already has legal status, then your chances of gaining entry here as a legal immigrant are very small indeed.

And this is a problem why? Why should we let in people who are more likely to become social services parasites?

People don’t come here without documents because it’s a nuisance to fill out the paperwork. They come here that way because it’s the only way open to them

Perhaps if they cannot get in here legally they should take the hint and stay out.

Ms. Hopkins obviously suffers from the delusion that what angers people about illegal immigrants is that they have not filled out proper paperwork. No, what angers us is that they come into the country uninvited, and that they do not allow us to choose who we wish to let in and who we do not.

Ms. Hopkins' argument is akin to saying that if someone crashes a party, the host is at fault for not inviting him.

We must create an orderly, accessible and reasonable process by which people can apply to come here as immigrants.

We do. We just don't have a process that grants everyone's application.

It would also be good to create a process by which undocumented immigrants who had not committed offenses besides being here could regularize their status.

How about by going home, where their status will already be perfectly regular?

People get blamed for not doing their paperwork, but when someone offers a way to make it possible, the shriek of “amnesty” goes up.

No, people get blamed for coming into the country without being invited. And if it is suggested that we mut extend invitations to unwanted "party-crashers," that is indeed amnesty.

Under present law the great majority of the undocumented cannot clear up their status.

Sure they do. It's called "going back to where they came from."

This shows the sickness of the opne borders lobby. The U.S. people have no right to control the borders of thier country, and the interests of the immigrants ought to be the sole determining factor in our immigration policy.

That is all.

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